EXCHANGE STATION HOTEL,
2nd December, 1910.
MY DEAR SIR,
The present crisis fills me with such deep anxiety that I am taking the somewhat unusual course of writing you, and a good number of other business electors, a personal letter.
I would have written to each elector with my own hand, but pressure upon my time forbids, and I trust you will forgive my printing it.
I am convinced that the country has to choose at this election between a sound system of representative government, which gives effect to the considered will of the people, and, a Single Chamber system dominated by the party caucus.
The Party-system has its advantages but is liable to serious abuse, and the policy of the Radical Party, as expressed in the Veto Bill, and as advocated in their election campaign, is fatal to those safeguards, which alone protect the Party-system from abuse.
The Veto Bill contains two proposals both of which I believe to be disastrous to representative government. The first is that which has received most criticism, namely, that the power of the Second Chamber to reject or amend a bill passed by the House of Commons should absolutely lapse on the third occasion that a bill is sent up from the Lower House. The stipulation that a year must elapse between each presentation of the bill to the Upper House is acclaimed by the Radicals as a safeguard against legislation to which the nation is opposed. I believe the supposed safeguard a delusion. A headstrong Cabinet, controlling a docile majority in the House of Commons, and still more a Cabinet